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Trading In Danger (Vatta's War #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  7,106 ratings  ·  321 reviews
Elizabeth Moon has an enormous fan base, and this action-packed new military SF series will attract a whole new generation of readers.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published September 2003 by Orbit (first published 2003)
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Guy
OK, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for space opera. Have been ever since my grandfather gave me a copy of E.E. "Doc" Smith's "Galactic Patrol" to read back when I was 9 years old. Always will be. And "Trading in Danger" is space opera....

I cracked the book shortly before midnight last night and finished it around 4AM. I'm a fast reader, but I'm not that fast. Frankly, there's a fair amount of fluff... lots and lots of details that neither advance the plot nor provide significant additional insight
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Mike (the Paladin)
Well, this is a "space opera" type of novel told from the point of view of a young captain on her first voyage as the captain of a merchant vessel. Direct from a shattering disappointment and possible scandal Kylara Vatta takes command of a small, obsolete trading vessel in her wealthy family's fleet. Sent to sell the ship for scrap she has other potentially more profitable ideas.

But then does anything ever go as planned?

Not if you want an exciting novel. It's almost as if someone had said, "wel
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Michael
Having read a later one in this 5-part space opera series several years back (Vatta’s War), I pursued this one to get at the beginnings of the story on its tough, no-nonsense character, Ky Vatta. She gets unfairly booted out of the space academy and takes on a job in her father’s trading company transporting an old ship on its last shipping run on the way to sale for scrap. On the way, she takes the initiative on an additional shipping contract for agricultural equipment and finds herself strapp ...more
Jim
I really liked Weber's 'Honor Harrington' series & the main reason this almost got 3 stars is that it is too close to that. It was a very enjoyable read & well written. The universe is well thought out & the characters well done, but there isn't anything new about any of it. Still, if you want a quick, relaxing read with an excellent heroine, this is a good book to sit down with.

One thing I really liked was that it was very self-contained. Sure, there are other books following, but t
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Trin
Military space actiony stuff, which sadly pales in comparison to Lois McMaster Bujold, who (besides stuff like Star Wars, I guess) provided my first exposure to that genre. The problem, I think, is that there are really no (developed, memorable) characters in Trading in Danger besides the protagonist, Kylara Vatta, which means there’s no one for her to bounce off of. It made the whole story seem very narrow. I also found the denouement rather clunky and dull. I wouldn’t be adverse to reading th ...more
Jaime
I am too busy for life at the moment. But, you know what?

I enjoyed the shit out of this.

Jack "Books & Bikes"
This is one of those books that I always meant to read, back when I was prone to browsing the shelves of the local bookstores for "physical" books. Of course, those days are largely gone now, digital media being much more affordable AND far more convenient with work, wife, and kids. But I never wrote it down as a "buy this" title, and forgot all about it as other books caught my fancy.

Still, I occasionally suffer from a syndrome that afflicts most males, starting in our early formative years. I
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Lilia Ford
3.5

I marathoned through this series and literally couldn't put it down. It's a highly entertaining sci-fi adventure story. Moon does an especially good job with the military aspects, especially the ins and outs of communications during war and the choreography of space battles.

For many reasons the series, especially the first volume, invites comparisons with Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series, which unfortunately spotlights the weaknesses here: the shallowness of the overarching allegory, a genera
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Katherine
This is my review of Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon, the first book in the Vatta's War series. I picked this book up because I was looking for an entertaining science fiction read, and this certainly fit the bill, I ended up really loving this book.

The main character is Ky Vatta, a young woman from a wealthy family who run an interstellar shipping company. It's a family and a culture that places a lot of importantance on trading and profit and business. She's decided to distance herself fro
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Gail
This kind of is an "if Miles Vorkosigan had been a girl" story--only not. Kylara Vatta isn't as off-the-charts as Miles. She's from merchant-type "royalty"--rich family, but not planetary rulers, and while she got kicked out of the local space academy, and goes off on an adventure to cope, she sticks with the trading stuff. And is mostly sensible.

She gets kicked out, goes home, Dad and brother decide she should take a ship out on a trade mission and to sell it as salvage on the end of the missi
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Ron
"Conscience was a wonderful thing except at times like this."

An introspective space opera? Believe it. Ky Vatta is a more believable, more enjoyable protagonist than either Honor Harrington or Miles Vorkosigan precisely because she is flawed and has a conscience.

Well plotted and written. All the fast action and trills of the best of space fiction with the added realism that, no matter what our protag does, things seem to get worse.

Plenty of hooks to future stories, but also gave satisfying closu
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Oni
At last, a new space opera to end my reading hiatus, after the disastrous Lost Fleet, and a not-so-exiting-in-the-beginning Vorkosigan Saga.

This series started decently, without delving too much on the unnecessary information for the readers. A cadet, Kylara Vatta, recently disgraced by an act that is not her fault. If it is indeed her fault, it is a totally acceptable mistake of a green cadet. That mistake propelled her out of the military college. Having lost her military career, she started a
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Justin
Absolutely love the conflicts that drive this narrative. Non-standard. Great protagonist.

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Tudor Ciocarlie
I've loved everything thing about this space-opera and its main character.
Althea Ann
Vatta's War series
1 Trading in Danger
2 Marque and Reprisal
3 Engaging the Enemy
4 Command Decision
5 Victory Conditions

These 5 books are not so much a series as one long novel - there's one story arc, and you really need to read all five to get to the (satisfying) conclusion. (I somehow had the misapprehension that there were only 4 in the series - luckily the public library came through and got me #5 expediently!)
Due to a misjudgement, Kylara Vatta, scion of an interstellar shipping business,
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David
This book was a pretty average Space Opera. There was nothing earth-shattering about it, but it did feature some things that reminded me of an old "Traveller RPG" campaign. In our universe, someone had built MCI communication ships that helped provide communication between sectors. A similar type arrangement helps propel the plot along the way in this story-- interesting--

Anyway, the story was over several chapters before the book was completed. Moon took a great deal of time and effort in the m
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Lorena
I may need to make a new shelf for "space opera"...!

I liked these books. I can't even tell you how many times I've read and re-read the "Deeds of Paksenarrion" books, but for some reason I was reluctant to pick these up. (As an aside, while waiting for the next book I've ordered, I picked up Sassinak, which I had read many years ago -- and my slight disappointment with that book makes me realize why I might have been reluctant to pick up Vatta's War.) I needn't have worried, however; I've now b
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Mark Schulman
Trading in Danger is the first of a five-book military science fiction series by Elizabeth Moon. I'd bought the entire series during Border's going-out-of-business sale, with some reservations -- I'd tried to get into Elizabeth Moon's "Deed of Paksenarrion" series, and just couldn't get into it. I'm just starting the third book in the series -- Engaging the Enemy -- and can't put it down.

Kylara Vatta is the daughter of the head of the Vatta space transport empire. As the series opens, she's a fo
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Michael
The only daughter of the powerful Gerald Vatta, young Kylara (Ky as she is known to most of her family and friends), dreamed of being the first military officer from her family. That dream is shattered when her good intentions at helping a fellow cadet turn into a public relations nightmare and a political incident. Ky chooses to resign her commission and returns home to her family.

Her father decides it would be best for Ky to be out of contact for a while and gives her command of her own ship.
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Erika
Vatta Transport Ltd. is one of the most respected shipping and trading companies out of Slotter Key. When the daughter of CFO Gerard Vatta gets caught in the middle of a political upheaval and is kicked out of the Naval Academy, it could spell a PR disaster for the company. As soon as Kylara comes home, confused and upset, her father decides to send her on a simple run to scrap an old ship and get her out of the public eye for the next nine months. Ky doesn’t expect it to be anything more than a ...more
Rosalind M
I don't know how I managed to do it, but I have been getting these books confused with David Weber's Honor Harrington series for some time (their covers aren't even done in the same style!). I didn't enjoy the Harrington books, so I avoided these. Definitely a mistake on my part; I was thoroughly absorbed by Elizabeth Moon's Paksenarrion storyline and the Heris Serrano series (I haven't listed a number of books I read in my youth here, but I had multiple copies of some of these novels because I ...more
Tasula
This was an enjoyable space opera featuring a young spaceship captain (daughter of a large shipping concern) charged with taking an aging ship to deliver some goods on the way to the scrapyard. Her trip encounters unexpected mechanical and financial problems, and in trying to resolve them, she and her crew face dangers from pirates and a sudden breakout of war against the station where her ship is docked. Moon does not indulge in horrific descriptions of death and destruction, or details on ship ...more
Kristin
A decent and fun space opera that kept me turning the pages and entertained. The book revolved more around a series of unfortunate events that kept the main character - Kyala Vatta - challanged, but not seriously overwhelmed. The challenges were realistic, not over the top, and seemed appropriate for the situation(s).

The author seems to have done her homework in regards to the medical issues presented - bleeding out from a neck wound, reduced rations and how to start eating again, but yet added
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Paul Weimer
Although I am a fan of space opera, I've improbably managed to avoid reading the novels of Elizabeth Moon until now.A friend finally convinced me to take the plunge, and begin here, with her first Vatta novel.

I am glad that I did.

Set in a space opera universe of FTL travel, ansibles for FTL communication, and a balkinized polity of trading planets, pirates, mercenary companies and more, Trading in Danger is the story of Kylara (Ky) Vatta. Unlike her trading oriented family, she's more interested
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Sara
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Mardel
First off, I enjoyed this book - very much. So much that I pretty much read it cover to cover without my usual switching back and forth between books.

I liked this book in spite of....lots of dialog that seemed repetitive. Kylara (Ky) seemed to be making the same explanations over and over, and as a reader I got to read it over and over...

There were also a lot of what I describe as obvious characters - stuffy older captains, bigoted people, etc.

Many, many explanations in dialog and narration of
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James Kemp
I came to this from a first chapter included at the end of the kindle edition of Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This is a different sort of space opera from Ancillary Justice, but the opening chapter was so gripping that I immediately ordered a copy so that I could read the rest of it.

The universe it is set in is sort of recognisable as a fast forward on our current one. The initial setting is in a naval academy that would be recognisable to anyone with military experience (and the author ser
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Johnny
Back in the late '70s, I discovered Marc Miller's wonderful role-playing game, Traveller. After Game Designers Workshop published the fourth book Citizens of the Imperium, my very favorite character class became the Merchant. Where most players seemed to want the big guns of the space navy or the straightforward combat/exploration adventures of the space marines, I liked the idea of adventure and exploration tied to "trade and profit."

So, I suppose that playful, imaginary background predisposed
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Beth Cato
Kylara Vatta is nice, perhaps too nice. Her top status at the Academy is sacrificed for public relations reasons after her efforts to help a fellow student fall awry. Her family's powerful connections and vast trading conglomerate come in useful, and within a week Ky finds herself as the captain of an old rust bucket, headed to the far reaches of space. What should have been a simple milk run becomes something much more dangerous when Ky takes on an additional contract, leaving them stranded nea ...more
James
You know those books that are just comfortable, right? Books that are well written, with great plots and great characters that just feel right? This is one of them.

Ok, so the writing isn't amazing and up for awards, but its comfortable - I think that's the best word for it, it just seems right. The plot isn't amazing, and doesn't have twist after twist after twist, but once again it is a solid, comfortable tale.

The characters are brilliant though, I loved the depth and description involved - e
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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Other Books in the Series

Vatta's War (5 books)
  • Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War, #2)
  • Engaging the Enemy (Vatta's War, #3)
  • Command Decision (Vatta's War, #4)
  • Victory Conditions (Vatta's War, #5)
The Deed of Paksenarrion (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1-3) Sheepfarmer's Daughter (The Deed of Paksenarrion, #1) The Speed of Dark Command Decision (Vatta's War, #4) Marque and Reprisal (Vatta's War, #2)

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